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Debian Edu / Skolelinux Buster — a complete Linux solution for your school

Laura Arjona Reina-4
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The Debian Project                               https://www.debian.org/
Debian Edu / Skolelinux Buster — a complete
Linux solution for your school                          [hidden email]
July 7th, 2019                 https://www.debian.org/News/2019/20190707
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Do you have to administrate a computer lab or a whole school network?
Would you like to install servers, workstations and laptops which will
then work together? Do you want the stability of Debian with network
services already preconfigured? Do you wish to have a web-based tool to
manage systems and several hundred or even more user accounts? Have you
asked yourself if and how older computers could be used?

Then Debian Edu is for you. The teachers themselves or their technical
support can roll out a complete multi-user multi-machine study
environment within a few days. Debian Edu comes with hundreds of
applications pre-installed, but you can always add more packages from
Debian.

The Debian Edu developer team is happy to announce Debian Edu 10
"Buster", the Debian Edu / Skolelinux release based on the Debian 10
"Buster" release. Please consider testing it and reporting back
(<[hidden email]>) to help us to improve it further.


About Debian Edu and Skolelinux
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Debian Edu, also known as Skolelinux [1], is a Linux distribution based
on Debian providing an out-of-the box environment of a completely
configured school network. Immediately after installation a school
server running all services needed for a school network is set up just
waiting for users and machines to be added via GOsa², a comfortable web
interface. A netbooting environment is prepared, so after initial
installation of the main server from CD / DVD / BD or USB stick all
other machines can be installed via the network. Older computers (even
up to ten or so years old) can be used as LTSP thin clients or diskless
workstations, booting from the network without any installation and
configuration at all. The Debian Edu school server provides an LDAP
database and Kerberos authentication service, centralized home
directories, a DHCP server, a web proxy and many other services. The
desktop contains more than 60 educational software packages and more are
available from the Debian archive. Schools can choose between the
desktop environments Xfce, GNOME, LXDE, MATE, KDE Plasma and LXQt.

    1: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu


New features for Debian Edu 10 "Buster"
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These are some items from the release notes for Debian Edu 10 "Buster",
based on the Debian 10 "Buster" release. The full list including more
detailed information is part of the related Debian Edu manual
chapter [2].

  * Official Debian installation images are now available.
  * Site specific modular installation is possible.
  * Additional meta-packages grouping educational packages by school
level are provided.
  * Improved desktop localization for all languages Debian supports.
  * Tool available to ease setting up site specific multi-language support.
  * GOsa²-Plugin Password Management has been added.
  * Improved TLS/SSL support inside the internal network.
  * The Kerberos setup supports NFS and SSH services.
  * A tool to re-generate the LDAP database is available.
  * X2Go server is installed on all systems with profile LTSP-Server.

    2:
https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Buster/Features#New_features_in_Debian_Edu_Buster


Download options, installation steps and manual
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Separate Network-Installer CD images for 64-bit and 32-bit PCs are
available. Only in rare cases (for PCs older than around 12 years) the
32-bit image will be needed. The images can be downloaded at the
following locations:

  * http://get.debian.org/cdimage/release/current/amd64/iso-cd
  * http://get.debian.org/cdimage/release/current/i386/iso-cd


Alternatively extended BD images (more than 5 GB large) are also
available. It is possible to set up a whole Debian Edu network without
an Internet connection (all supported desktop environments, all
languages supported by Debian). These images can be downloaded at the
following locations:

  * http://get.debian.org/cdimage/release/current/amd64/iso-bd
  * http://get.debian.org/cdimage/release/current/i386/iso-bd


The images can be verified using the signed checksums provided in the
download directory.
Once you've downloaded an image, you can check that its checksum matches
that expected from the checksum file; and that the checksum file has not
been tampered with. For more information about how to do these steps,
read the verification guide [3].

    3: https://www.debian.org/CD/verify

Debian Edu 10 "Buster" is entirely based on Debian 10 "Buster" ; so the
sources for all packages are available from the Debian archive.

Please note the Debian Edu Buster status page [4]. for up-to-date
information about Debian Edu 10 "Buster" including instructions how to
use rsync for downloading the ISO images.

    4: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Status/Buster

When upgrading from Debian Edu 9 "Stretch" please read the related
Debian Edu manual chapter [5].

    5: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Buster/Upgrades

For installation notes please read the related Debian Edu manual
chapter [6].

    6:
https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Buster/Installation#Installing_Debian_Edu

After installation you need to take these first steps [7].

    7: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Buster/GettingStarted

Please see the Debian Edu wiki pages [8] for the latest English version
of the Debian Edu "Buster" manual. The manual has been fully translated
to German, French, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian Bokmål and
Japanese. Partly translated versions exist for Spanish and Simplified
Chinese. An overview of the latest translated versions of the manual [9]
is available.

    8: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Buster/
    9: https://jenkins.debian.net/userContent/debian-edu-doc/

More information about Debian 10 "Buster" itself is provided in the
release notes and the installation manual; see https://www.debian.org/.



About Debian
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The Debian Project is an association of Free Software developers who
volunteer their time and effort in order to produce the completely free
operating system Debian.


Contact Information
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For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at
https://www.debian.org/ or send mail to <[hidden email]>.


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